What to Expect When You Have a Tooth Filled

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Having a beautiful, healthy smile requires some effort. A healthy diet which limits your teeth’s exposure to sugary, starchy foods, good daily oral hygiene, and having regular dental cleanings and exams all work together to create the healthiest smile possible. Yet even with all this care, your pearly whites can develop dental caries.

What are dental caries? These are cavities, or holes in your teeth that come from bacterial plaque releasing acid which corrodes tooth enamel (and the dentin layer beneath it). Cavities may develop between the teeth, on the top of teeth (or biting surface) and on the root surface of the teeth. When the decay is removed it leaves a hole behind so the hole in your tooth is filled with a filling material to keep your tooth healthy and functioning.

Restoring a Tooth

So what happens when you come in for a filling? First, we will begin by giving you a local anesthetic to numb the area surrounding the afflicted tooth. Next, we will carefully drill through the tooth enamel to clean out any decayed tissue. Once the decay is completely removed, we shape the area to be filled with the filling material. If we are applying a bonded filling, we will etch the tooth with acid gel to prepare the tooth for the filling. For other types of fillings, we might layer resin on the tooth with a “curing” light. This light hardens and strengthens the filling material. Once the filling has been placed we polish your tooth and your restoration be complete, and your tooth will be as good as new!

If you feel pain when you chew, or have a tooth that is sensitive to hot and cold, or have a toothache that isn’t improving, you may have a cavity that needs a filling. We invite you to come on in and have your tooth checked out by our caring dentist, Dr. Richard G. Goble. You can reach our dental team in Fallbrook, California at 760-728-2261 today!